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Samir Mardini, M.D.

Chair, Division of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic


Samir Mardini, M.D., is professor of Surgery and chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  Dr. Mardini is director of the Facial Paralysis and Reanimation Clinic, co-director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic and surgical director of the Face Transplant Program for the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. Dr. Mardini completed his Plastic Surgery residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  He then completed a one-year Craniofacial Fellowship, a two-year Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship, and two years in an academic plastic surgery position before joining the staff at Mayo Clinic. His primary clinical focus is on craniofacial surgery in children and adults with a special interest in facial nerve and face transplantation.

Dr. Mardini has strong research interests in facial nerves,  face transplantation, regenerative medicine, cleft and craniofacial diseases and 3D imaging and virtual surgical planning. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 book chapters and three books.  Dr. Mardini is also an editorial board member of Seminars in Plastic Surgery, as well as a reviewer for Journal of Surgery Research, Microsurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Surgery and Transplantation Journal.

Dr. Mardini is also active in teaching and mentoring. He served for eight years as program director for Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. He is also a member of multiple Mayo Clinic enterprise committees. He is a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and holds memberships in many other prominent professional organizations. Dr. Mardini’s most recent honors include the Ahmad M. Obaid Honored Scholar in Reconstructive Surgery, conferred by Mayo Clinic; and the Godina Traveling Fellowship Award, conferred by the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr. Mardini serves as a surgeon for organizations performing volunteer surgeries around the world.

Presentation Videos

2020 Sessions

Thursday, September 26

Session 13 - A Conversation That Will Change the Way You Think About Mental Health

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mayo Civic Center, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom
Nearly three years after his life-altering facial transplant surgery, Mayo Clinic patient Andy Sandness will share his personal mental health journey during a special Mayo Clinic Transform 2019 discussion. During this session, Andy will discuss his personal experience navigating the confusion and stigma related to mental health, the impact of his devastating self-inflicted gunshot wound, recovery from an intense and complex 50+ hour facial surgery, and how his dedication to impact others struggling with mental health issues is increasing awareness and transforming health care delivery. This authentic personal story will challenge your presumptions and change the way you think about mental health. Andy will also be joined during the session by his surgical care team leader Samir Mardini, M.D. and psychiatrist Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire, M.D.

Thursday, September 26

Break and Meet the Speakers

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mayo Civic Center, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom